Photo: Learning Mentor Group morning session

The Rowville Times

28 March 2019
Issue Thirteen
IMPORTANT DATES 
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS 
SCHOOL INFORMATION
WELLBEING CORNER
STAY IN THE LOOP AT RSC
COMMUNITY NEWS / ADVERTISEMENTS
Rowville Secondary College
(03) 9755 4555
Western & Eastern Campus
Paratea Dr & Humphreys Way, Rowville VIC, 3178
AU

Photo: Movies at Year 7 Camp

IMPORTANT DATES 

Photo: Movies at Year 7 Camp

MARCH

 

Friday 29 March 

MSA Immersion Day

Western Campus

 

APRIL

 

Thursday 4 April 

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Friday 5 April

Last day of school for term 1 

 

9, 10 April & 16, 17 April

RSA Tryout Camps

 

Monday 15 April  - Friday 26 April

ANZAC Day Art Display

Stud Park Shopping Centre

 

Tuesday 23 April 

First day of school for term 2

 

Thursday 25 April

ANZAC Day public holiday

 

Friday 26 April 

Alternative Student Program Day

(Normal classes not running - alternative program in place.)

 

MAY

 

Thursday 2 May

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

Thursday 2 May

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

7pm at PAC

 

Friday 3 May

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon 

7pm at PAC

 

Tuesday 7 May

Whole School Athletics Day 

 

Tuesday 14 May - Thursday 16 May

Year 7 & 9 Naplan

 

Thursday 23 May - Saturday 25 May

Production Camp 

 

JUNE

 

Thursday 6 June

Second hand uniform shop open

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Western Campus

 

 

Friday 7 June

Student free day

 

Monday 10 June

Queens Birthday public holiday

 

Wednesday 12 June

RIA Auditions

 

Wednesday 12 June

GAT Exam

 

Thursday 20 June & Friday 21 June

RIA Semester 1 Showcase

 

Saturday 22 June - Monday 1 July

Year 10 Central Australia Trip 

 

Friday 28 June

Last day of term 2

 

JULY

 

2, 3, 4 July & 9, 10, 11 July

RSA Tryout Camps

 

Friday 12 July

Year 12 Formal

 

Monday 15 July 

First day of school for term 3

 

Photo: Ms. Julie Kennedy & our West School & Vice Captains

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Photo: Ms. Julie Kennedy & our West School & Vice Captains

A message from our Principal

A warm welcome to our school community, we are quickly heading toward the end of term 1 and I am so pleased with the beginning of 2019.  We have a wonderful and curious group of Year 7's and they have all transitioned well into secondary life. Their approach to learning and commitment to our school values has been impeccable. The Year 7 camp is always a brilliant way for staff and students to get to know each other and I was delighted to receive great feedback from the Year 7 camp teachers – “The kids were all amazing and really enjoyed themselves. The camp was constantly filled with laughter and lots of talking. All the students got to know each other across each of our four programs which was great to see.” 


Our theme this year is ‘This Is Us’ which focuses entirely on one of our four school values ‘Community’ and how as we learn to journey together, we can do amazing things.


On our very first day of the year our College Captains and Vice-Captains addressed the students with a call to action. They urged their peers to support each other with kindness, gratitude and self-confidence. There message was that if we are brave enough to play our part we can individually and all together make RSC a sensational school experience for everyone.


As Principal, my hope is that together we can be the village for every child in our community, where we as adults are the custodians and protectors and educators for the next generation of adults. To do this we ask ourselves lots of questions in order that we might learn how best to accomplish this goal.

  • How do we create an ethos where everyone strives to be “nothing but their best”?
  • How do we get to know each child deeply as an individual, supporting their hopes, dreams, strengths and challenges?
  • How do we all connect so that everyone feels a sense of belonging, security and well-being?
  • How do we talk to young men and young women about forming great relationships, relationships based on respect and integrity and the dignity of every person?
  • How do we support young people to be aspirational and excited about their future?

Rowville Secondary College has unique structures and programs specifically designed to answer these perennial questions as we focus on the whole child. Our learning mentor program is the heart of the RSC Vertical House model. Within this program each and every student has a staff member who is a daily point of contact for students and their parents/guardians. Learning Mentors are committed to the ongoing support of the “whole child”; a relationship that places equal value on our students’ social, emotional and cognitive growth and success.

We are extremely proud of our school’s academic achievements. Over the past 22 years our top ATAR scores have ranged from 95.00 to 99.90 with our Dux in 2018, from the Rowville Sports Academy, achieving an ATAR of 95.25. An outstanding achievement for our student and school community.

 

We are working extremely hard updating our buildings at the college, so that the classroom environment supports Curiosity and Powerful Learning. This is an ongoing focus for the school and we are excited with the new changes we are seeing. Our Year 7 Commons will be opening soon.


Our School Captains, Vice Captains and House Captains have already established themselves as a group of exceptional leaders. They have shared stories of themselves as powerful learners at whole school assemblies, attended the Knox Schools Expo to talk to prospective new families about our school and played an active part in our open nights - just to name a few. 


This week we held our school open nights on both campuses and had an impressive number of families come through our doors to see our school in action.  We also held our program information nights a few weeks ago with a fantastic turn out. I am extremely proud of all the hard work the teachers, staff and students put in to make these nights a success and the feedback I received from prospective students and their families on the night was all glowing.   


We have a busy term 2 ahead, with our RIA play ‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ performances, Whole School Athletics Day and Naplan in May and Semester 1 Showcase coming in June. Make sure you pop down to Stud Park to check out our talented students ANZAC Day Art Work Display starting on 15 April and running to 26 April.  


I wish everyone a Happy Easter and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone back for an exciting term 2 ahead. 

 

Ms. Julie Kennedy 

College Principal 

 

Photo: RSA Volleyball champs

LATEST SCHOOL NEWS 

Photo: RSA Volleyball champs

RIA LAUNCH 

All RIA students and parents are strongly encouraged to come along to our RIA Launch night on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm in the PAC. 

On the night, you will be hearing about: 

  • Big changes to RIA Showcase 
  • The RIA review process 
  • Important RIA dates and events for the year
  • Clarification of day-to-day RIA processes. 

This will also be a great opportunity to catch up with other RIA families and teachers. Please let us know you're coming by giving consent in the Event page on Compass.

 

 

TOMORROW'S LEADERS

Our East and West School Captains are featured in this week's Knox Leader with other local school captains answering "What difference can your generation make to the world?" Read the story here.

 

BACKGROUND 

They are often accused of being the generation of me, but Melbourne’s Year 12 school captains are doing their bit to dispel the myth of selfish Generation Z. In one of the most comprehensive school projects ever attempted, Leader Community News asked nearly 300  captains from all over Melbourne: What difference can your generation make to the world? Read it here.

 

 

THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON

RIA presents The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!

Two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil’s Grandmother. This is a comedic, light hearted – Monty-Pythonesque – play for the whole family. The performance is a one-act 60 minute show. 

Performance dates are Thursday 2nd May at 7pm & Friday 3rd May at 7pm. Click here to buy tickets

 

 

ANZAC DAY ART DISPLAY AT STUD PARK
 

 

ANZAC Day Art Display starts on Monday 15th April through to Friday 26th April at Stud Park Shopping Centre. The artwork showcased is proudly curated by our Year 9 & Year 10 Media Specialism students and will focus on the theme ‘Reflections of War’ to highlight the importance of ANZAC Day for Australians. We will also have colouring sheets for the younger children to complete designed by our students (see below).

Make sure you pop down to Stud Park to check it out.

 

Colouring sheets created by:

  1.  Megumi Holmes
  2.  Emily Ghost
  3.  Jasmine Thomas
  4.  Allanah Major
  5.  Deakin Zmood
  6.  Deacon Trotter
  7.  Jade Easton.

 

 

To view all 7 colouring sheets click here.

 

2019 KEY COLLEGE DATES
 

For the full list of key college dates for 2019 click here. Or visit our Events on our website.

 

LETTERS TO CASHMERE HIGH SCHOOL

Our students have written letters to Cashmere High School in New Zealand to send their love and support during this difficult and sad time. 

 

 

VCAL MINUTE TO WIN IT CHALLENGE  

On Thursday March 21st our East Year 12 VCAL students ran a Minute to Win It Challenge session with our Junior AFL students. The focus of the session was teamwork, communication, leadership and FUN! The senior students coordinated the 50 year 7 and 8 students into 8 groups, where the senior students ran a series of interactive challenge activities. Some of the popular challenges included the Egg Catch, Hang Time and Handball Madness. 

 

It was great to see the senior students role modelling positive leadership and communication skills with the junior students and everyone had fun throughout the session. Congrats to the Purple team who were our overall winners for the day!

 

Written by Ms. Lisa Williams, Dean.
 

 

ROCK OF AGES CAST LIST

Have you checked out our cast list for our college production yet? Well done to all of our students who auditioned.  If you were not successful we still have other roles you can help with backstage, contact Ms. Kacey Hocking or Ms. Julia Duke.  Read the full cast list.

 

 

YEAR 12 FREE DRESS DAY 'TURNS BACK TIME' 

All Year 12 students at the East and West Campuses participated in a free dress day last Monday 18th March. The theme was 'Decades' (50's, 60's, 70's & 80's). Check out the amazing and creative costumes below.

 

West

 

 

 

 

 

East

 

 

YEAR 10 INTERNATIONAL FOOD EXPO
 

As part of the Year 10 Design Technology – Food curriculum, students investigate the role of immigration and the impact on the Australian cuisine we see now. In pairs, students were required to investigate a country, identify 6 traditional dishes and justify why a dish they chose was a suitable representation of their country. On Thursday 14th March they then prepared their dishes for a multicultural expo. During the expo they needed to give a very small talk to the class about how their dish represented their country. A great job by all students.

 

Written by Ms. Marg Semple, Teacher.

 

 

YEAR 9 PAINTING 

Year 9’s started painting this term. "They are learning watercolour techniques so they can apply them to their self-portraits CAT", said Ms. Zoe George, Teacher.

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE

The Knox Relay for Life has been running for the last eight years and one of our school families the Formichelli’s participated in this on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March for their sixth year running.

 

 

Ms. Formichelli said  “Over the years many of our children's friends from Rowville Secondary College have come along and walked some laps for us. The walk is organised by the Cancer Council and our team name is 'La famiglia'. This year was even more important for us to participate in the relay as our daughter Isabella (past student) was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in January. It was wonderful to see some of my son’s friends from RSC come and support him and our family. Isabella is doing well and the doctors are pleased with her progress so far. Our family had the honour of carrying the survivors and carers banner to open the relay. The relay was on March 16th from 4pm until Sunday March 17th at 10am. Donations can still be made to our team by clicking here."

 

YEAR 7 BOYS TENNIS
 

 

Written by Lachlan Foster, Year 7 student. 
 

On Monday 25th March,  we chose to participate in matches of tennis, playing and competing against different schools around our area including Upwey, Fairhills and Boronia. I paired up with Jay, and won our match 4-0. Then we watched James and Max take on their opponents and Rhylee and Kuvams challengers. 

 

After, we all had a hit around with each other, practicing our skills and having good fun. Then we boarded the bus and went home.  Thank you Mr. Sherlock for the awesome day! (and the ice-creams).

 

BOOK TASTING WITH A FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR

On Thursday 13th March, two of our Year 8 English students, Athena Kaye and Krisahna Demetriou were present at the Knox Literacy Workshop, held at Boronia K-12.  They had the amazing opportunity to meet with and listen to international author, Jackie French who has written over 140 books. This interactive workshop saw all students produce some examples of explosive writing, with Anthena's work being praised by Ms French for, "writing a fascinating, gorgeous and wonderful response!"  

 

The workshop was  streamed live to other schools and students came away with some valuable tips on the importance of reading and how to "taste" a book.  Rowville Secondary College will be having its very own Book Tasting and Supper  for parents, carers and students during Literacy Week and we hope Anthena and Krisahna will add some flavour to the evening.

 

Written by Dr. Saraya Lubarsky, Director of Learning & Naplan. 

 

 

 

WELL DONE INTERMEDIATE CRICKET TEAM 
 

 

I had the pleasure of taking out the intermediate cricket team earlier this month. The team was a combination of year 8 and year 9 boys. We had trained three times in the lead up to match day. We played the East A and bowled quite well but they bowled better, they were not overawed by them at all.  In our last game we rotated the boys around to give everyone a bat, as games were only 10 overs long, but this is a game we could quite well have won against Wantirna.  

 

We weathered the elements (rain, wind, hail and sun) and had a terrific day. The boys really teamed together well and gave their best and represented our school and themselves positively.

 

The team:

Mario Chaisawas, Tyler Evans, Josh Gerreyn, Campbell Gilbert, Jack Halabi, Cooper McCay, Mujtaba Mohebbi, Cooper Naylor, Mitch Neylan, Bryan Nguyen, Bastian Roy, Brayden Rumpf, Charlie Suisted.

 

Written by Mr. Haje Halabi, Leading Teacher & Instructional Coach. 

 

LITTLE BIG MAN

Year 12, RIA Student Daniel Tohill has his very own show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Come & see Dan make his debut in to the comedy world with his premiere of Little Big Man. With supporting acts that will have you in stitches, sit back and watch in awe as you experience fresh comedy entertainment that will have you laughing the whole time! Enjoy the variety of stand-up comedy, physical comedy, magic, music, acrobatics, impression, accents, lighting fx and more. This comedy extravaganza is not one to be missed! Book here.

 

 

RSA FOOTBALLERS WIN 
 

Our year 7 boys played their first competitive game in Rowville colours against Overnewton SC last week and in a very close game came out 2-1 winners with goals from Raul Afonso and Alex Joowon. Well done boys AND Alana Murphy.

 

MSA ZEBRA FISH

 

Earlier this term our year 10 MSA class had the exciting opportunity of working with Monash University and their staff in breeding and monitoring the growth of Zebrafish embryos. The fish and all equipment and materials were provided by Monash University as part of the genetic program where students dive deeper into their study of how character traits are inherited by offspring. As the embryos developed, students were able to watch under the microscope as the embryos grew and developed features that were characteristic of either their mother or father. This is possible as zebrafish embryos’ are transparent. It was a very successful program with the zebrafish safely returned to Monash University.

 

Written by Braedon Johnstone, Teacher.

 

 

VICSRC WORKSHOP

On Monday 25th March, Maverick Taylor, Brianna Collins and Alison Hughes attended a VicSRC Student Voice workshop at Carwatha College.

 

Mav, Brianna and Alison worked with students and staff from other local schools to identify ways to increase student voice in the College. Brianna and Alison, both being on School Council, and Mav, East Campus Vice School Captain, worked collaboratively to come up with various strategies and ideas on how to increase student voice around the College.

 

All three students worked extremely well throughout the day and have developed some great ideas. We look forward to hearing about these in the near future. Well done Mav, Brianna and Alison. 

 

Written by Jacqui Barr, Head of Mabo.

 

 

RSA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS

RSA Volleyball program crowned CHAMPION VIC SCHOOL. Winning the Victorian Beach Championships over 3 days at South Melbourne Beach recently. On the final day we added another Gold in the Year 11 Girls Pairs and 2 silvers in the Year 12 Girls Pairs and Year 12 Girls 4s. A brilliant effort overall with final tally of 4 Gold & 6 Silver.  Amazing! Well done students.

 

 

OPEN NIGHTS 'A GREAT SUCCESS' 

This month we held our school open nights and program specific information nights across both campuses.  Thank you to our teachers, staff and students for representing the school in such a professional manner and showcasing to prospective families all the fantastic things we do.  All evenings were very popular.

 

 

 

MEET OUR SCHOOL CAPTAINS 

Have you met our 2019 School Captains yet? We have set up a page on our website to introduce our East & West school captains and vice captains to the school community. We have also interviewed them to see what they have in store for 2019 at RSC.  Visit our website

 

 

2019 HOUSE CAPTAINS 

After some inspirational speeches, the students voted and we have our House Captains for 2019. Congratulations to:

 

Western Campus

 

Walton

  • Alexandra Gilbert
  • Ched Alpay

Stynes

  • Merryn Olman
  • Cain Williams

Aston

  • Claudia Jones
  • Tiana Massin

Mabo

  • Maddison Brownless
  • Storm Addison
  • Ella Willis

 

 

Eastern Campus 

 

Walton

  • Alison Hughes
  • Suhayla Ahmed

Stynes

  • Luke Box
  • Luke Bakewell

Aston

  • Jessica Daish
  • Emily Franklin

Mabo

  • Jiei Motoki
  • Sam Gelb

 

LIKE & FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

As part of the school community it's important to stay up-to-date with all the latest school news, events and stories. Please make sure you like AND follow us on our official Facebook page and you won't miss a thing!  Like our page.

 

Our goal is 1900 LIKES by the end of term 1! Please help us get there!

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

If you know of anyone who may be interested in coming to our One Great School.  Please complete our online Expression of Interest Form.

Photo: School open night

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Photo: School open night

GENERAL OFFICE

 Office hours

 

Monday

8.15am to 3.30pm

 

Tuesday - Thursday                      

8.15am to 4.30pm

 

Friday

8.15am to 4.00pm

 

Telephone:  9755 4555

Email: [email protected]

 

For inquiries about your child's learning and social well-being at school please contact your student's Learning Mentor direct via the Compass email link.

ATTENDANCE PROCESS

If your child is absent please login to compass and report the absence OR call the attendance line at each campus.


Attendance line:

  • Eastern campus:  9755 4515
  •  Western campus:  9755 4525

To avoid unnecessary delays when collecting your child for a medical appointment please ensure a signed and dated note is handed to their teacher in the class they will leave from. All students must sign out at the front office as well before they depart.

CLASS TIMES

WARNING BELL          8.55am

LEARNING MENTOR   9.00am-9.14am

PERIOD 1                        9.14am-10.02am

PERIOD 2                       10.02am-10.50am

RECESS                         10.50am-11.14am

WARNING BELL        11.09am

PERIOD 3                      11.14am-12.02am
PERIOD 4                      12.02am-12.50pm
LUNCH                          12.50pm-1.39pm
WARNING BELL        1.34pm

PERIOD 5                      1.39pm-2.27pm
PERIOD 6                      2.27pm-3.15pm
DISMISSAL BELL      3.15pm

 

COMMUNICATION

The best & fastest way to contact us if you have a specific question about your child’s learning or their welfare at school is to search for your child’s Learning Mentor in Compass and email them direct. The Learning Mentor will then respond via email or phone. Please note our response policy:

 

"Staff at Rowville Secondary College will endeavour to respond to parent emails within 24 – 48 hours. However, staff are not expected to respond in this timeframe during weekends and term breaks."

 

Make sure you are aware of all our college communication channels please visit 'Stay in the Loop at RSC' page in this newsletter.

UNIFORM

PSW Uniform shop - Western Campus

Open Wednesday 8.30am - 11.30am 

View uniform price list 

*RSA uniforms are bought from

OnTrack Sportswear

Visit our website for more information and our full uniform policy. 

 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

The shop is manned by volunteer parents from 2.30pm - 3.30pm at the Western Campus, on the following dates:

 

2019 DATES

  • Thursday 4th April 
  • Thursday 2nd May
  • Thursday 6th June

Cash & card facilities available.

 

IMPORTANT: Please note we do not sell second hand RSA & RIA uniforms.

CANTEEN

The canteen is open everyday.

  • Eastern Campus 7.45am – 3.30pm
  • Western Campus 8.30am – 2.00pm

Qkr!

Our Cafe at the East and West are now offering lunch orders using Qkr! This is available for all students and staff, so you can order and pay for your school lunch prior to 9.00am on the day without bringing cash to school.  Click here for instructions on how to download and use Qkr! 

 

Click here for canteen menu 

LIBRARY

There is a library on each campus, where students can study, borrow books and equipment, socialise at lunchtime and use the computers. 

Open 8.00am - 4.00pm each day.

Click here for  Virtual Library

COMPASS

Compass is an important communication portal and learning management system for students, parents and teachers. To learn how to use Compass please read our comprehensive Compass Guide for Parents. You can login to Compass here.

SCHOOL TOURS

Every Friday at 9.30am we run school tours at both the East and West campus.  You must book in to attend these tours as places fill fast. Please phone 9755 4555.  *School tours only operate during the school term.

PATHWAYS

At Rowville Secondary College, we understand and recognise the diverse needs of each student and their individual future aspirations and direction. The college provides a variety of pathways students are able to undertake, including:

  • VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education
  • VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
  • SBAT – School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • VET – Vocational Education and Training.

Click here to find out more
*Some restrictions do apply depending on what program you are enrolled in.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

 

 

All students at Rowville Secondary College have the opportunity to learn an instrument. "Music provides so many possibilities to empower students and allow them to collaborate and express themselves", Director of Music, RSC.

 

To find out more about our Instrumental Music Program click here  or please contact Mandy Batten on 0488 686 303 or phone the school 9755 4555.

Download instrumental music brochure

Download instrumental music enrolment form  

 

STUDENT HEALTH & WELLBEING 

We have created a Wellbeing Corner page in this newsletter please visit it for useful student and parent information and events, plus meet our Wellbeing Coordinators. We also have more information on our website.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

If you know of anyone who may be interested in coming to our One Great School.  Please complete our online Expression of Interest Form.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM

We welcome and encourage students to our college from a variety of countries. International students are encouraged to become confident while acquiring knowledge and skills that are valued globally. Visit our website for full details on our program.

 

 

Photo: East School & Vice Captains

WELLBEING CORNER

Photo: East School & Vice Captains

Night Owl Hoops for Youth

 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PARENTS & YOUNG PEOPLE

Eastern VACCA

 

Photo: Year 10 international food expo

STAY IN THE LOOP AT RSC

Photo: Year 10 international food expo

HOW TO STAY IN THE LOOP AT ROWVILLE SECONDARY COLLEGE 

There are lots of ways to stay up-to-date at the college. Find out about important dates, upcoming events and the latest school news.

COMMUNITY NEWS / ADVERTISEMENTS

MINI JOEYS

 

MINI HOOPS & MINI JOEYS

 

WEST VCE STUDENTS - BEFORE SCHOOL STUDY SESSION BEGINS TERM 2

 

THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON - RIA PLAY

Visit our website to book your tickets.

 

BARRY PLANT ROWVILLE

 

2019/2020 ENTERTAINMENT  MEMBERSHIPS

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/185m558

 

ANZAC DAY ART DISPLAY 

Rowville Secondary College 'Reflections of War' art display proudly curated by Year 9 & Year 10 Media Specialism students. On display Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April at Stud Park. 

 

ROCK OF AGES - 2019 SCHOOL PRODUCTION

Visit our website for August production performance dates & cast list.

 

SURVIVING YEAR 12 

 

BLOOD DRIVE

 

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